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Sitting in the usual stream of never ending traffic – which turns a 10 minute journey into one lasting over 40 – you get to think about a lot of things, especially with the blank canvas of yet another van blocking all else from view.

If you are 10 cars back; and the lights change; what do you imagine are your chances of getting through?

Hard to say really, it depends on so many factors: whether anyone in front decides that now is a good time to respond to that urgent text message, thinks that a quick check in the boot is required, needs to adjust the child’s safety harness, needs to empty the ashtray, fix their makeup, has nodded off, decides that they would after all like to turn right (no entry? – no matter…)


Whilst I can fully understand that many are making the journey reluctantly, why must they foist their behavior on everyone else, who may need to get somewhere in a future measured by a watch not a calendar?

The killer of all these delaying tactics is the unadvised right turn. Today we have an almost complete abandonment of the indicators (those orange lights on the corner of the car).

Whereas in the past they were used for indicating planned activity (tense: future), the best we can hope for now is an indication of actual activity (tense: present) – as you will have just found out, because you are now blocked behind me… or in some cases past activity (I have already… but forgotten to turn it off).

The unadvised right turn is usually coupled with a slight swing to the left, to completely stymie any attempt to get round, sheer bloody rudeness…

The only residual use of the indicators is the ‘all four flashing mode’, which now generally indicates that other vehicles should immediately vacate the area – as the driver is about to attempt an unusual and almost certainly illegal manoeuvre.

The solution? Selected cars (mine) to be fitted with laser beams. When I chance upon bad behavior I would fire, and after say 10 hits, the offending car would crumble to a pile of dust.

As I said; you get to think about a lot when sat in a traffic jam…

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